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'Backtrack' cleans up at Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards

23 November 2016 6:21 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 'Backtrack' sound team..

Backtrack has swept the Australian Screen Sound Guild (Assg) awards, picking up the Soundtrack of the Year, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Design and the Members. Choice Award.

The film, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, won all feature categories except Best Film Sound Recording, picked up by Goldstone.s Nick Emond and Mike Bakaloff.

The Awards, held on Sunday at the Establishment Hotel Sydney, also saw Monsieur Mayonnaise.s sound team win Best Sound for a Documentary, while Lorne picked up Best Sound for a Short Fiction Film.

In television, Molly won Best Sound for a drama over 30 minutes, while kids program Beat Bugs snatched Best Sound for a drama under 30 minutes.

Academy Award nominated sound engineer Gethin Creagh (Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Rings) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Backtrack.s supervising sound editor, Will Ward, told If the »

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'Backtrack' producer Jamie Hilton calls out “strange" AACTAs omission

23 November 2016 6:21 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 'Backtrack' sound team..

Backtrack has swept the Australian Screen Sound Guild (Assg) awards, picking up the Soundtrack of the Year, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Design and the Members. Choice Award.

The film, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, won all feature categories except Best Film Sound Recording, picked up by Goldstone.s Nick Emond and Mike Bakaloff.

The Awards, held on Sunday at the Establishment Hotel Sydney, also saw Monsieur Mayonnaise.s sound team win Best Sound for a Documentary, while Lorne picked up Best Sound for a Short Fiction Film.

In television, Molly won Best Sound for a drama over 30 minutes, while kids program Beat Bugs snatched Best Sound for a drama under 30 minutes.

Academy Award nominated sound engineer Gethin Creagh (Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Rings) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Backtrack.s supervising sound editor, Will Ward, told If the »

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Hilton blasts “strange" AACTAs omission as 'Backtrack' cleans up at Assg Award

23 November 2016 6:21 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 'Backtrack' sound team..

Backtrack has swept the Australian Screen Sound Guild (Assg) awards, picking up the Soundtrack of the Year, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Design and the Members. Choice Award.

The film, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, won all feature categories except Best Film Sound Recording, picked up by Goldstone.s Nick Emond and Mike Bakaloff.

The Awards, held on Sunday at the Establishment Hotel Sydney, also saw Monsieur Mayonnaise.s sound team win Best Sound for a Documentary, while Lorne picked up Best Sound for a Short Fiction Film.

In television, Molly won Best Sound for a drama over 30 minutes, while kids program Beat Bugs snatched Best Sound for a drama under 30 minutes.

Academy Award nominated sound engineer Gethin Creagh (Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Rings) was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Backtrack.s supervising sound editor, Will Ward, told If the »

- Jackie Keast

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Cleverman, Game of Thrones designers in the running for Apdg awards

27 October 2016 6:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Eamon Farren and Amber McMahon in Girl Asleep.

George Miller will present the Cameron Creswell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design at the 6th Annual Australian Production Design Guild Awards.

The event takes place on November 7 at Sydney.s Nida, and celebrates the achievements of designers across 24 categories. New categories this year include Virtual Reality and Game Design.

The Apdg will again acknowledge masters of the craft with three Industry Recognition Awards: The Cameron Creswell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design, the Global Creatures Artisan Award for Lifetime Achievement in Live Performance and the Canal Road Film Centre Artisan Award for Lifetime Achievement..

For the first time, the recipient of the Thelma Afford Theatre, Stage, TV or Film Costume Design Award will also be announced at the ceremony..

Nominations include:

Production Design on a Feature Film: Jonathon Oxlade - Girl Asleep, Jo Ford - Holding The Man, Roger Ford a. »

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Four features added to the Aacta Awards longlist

21 August 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Steve Le Marquand on the set of Heath Davis' Broke.

Four features have been added to the Aacta awards longlist: Michael Petroni's Backtrack, Heath Davis' Broke, Grant Scicluna's Downriver and Craig Boreham's Teenage Kicks.

They join previously announced films A Few Less Men, A Month of Sundays, Beast, Boys in the Trees, Down Under, Early Winter, Embedded, Girl Asleep, Gods of Egypt, Goldstone, Hacksaw Ridge, Joe Cinque's Consolation, Looking for Grace, Pawno, Red Billabong, Scare Campaign, Spear, Spin Out, Spirit of the Game, Sucker, Tanna, The Daughter, The Menkoff Method and Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead.

The additions bring the number of features competing for this year.s Aacta Awards to 28: a record.

.It.s wonderful to see such engagement from the Australian screen industry this year,. said AFI-Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella. .We.ve recently broken a number of records, with more films »

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Backtrack review: Adrien Brody stars in classy Australian thriller

15 June 2016 1:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Brody does very a good Australian accent in thoughtful story hinged on psyche-destroying effects of a repressed memory

Adrien Brody walks around with his best spooked-out face in the moody Australian thriller Backtrack, sizing up every moment as if it were tailor-made to haunt or depress him. The Oscar-winning import seems to be in the constant process of fighting off horrifyingly grim visions: a hallucination of a dead grandmother crawling up his legs with a steak knife between her teeth, for example, or a renewed season of You’re Back in the Room.

Moments of slightly more nuanced acting occur from time to time, generally involving worried looks that press both sides of Brody’s forehead together, creating a sadness-enclave where the film’s quieter moments are expressed. The bloke also sports a pretty bloody good Australian accent, more the metropolitan latte-sipping type than the Dundee-esque outdoorsman.

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Jamie Hilton on Backtrack, Breath, Flammable Children and his rise to prominence

11 May 2016 5:25 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sam Neill and Adrien Brody in Backtrack.

After making his name in the early noughties producing hundreds of music videos, See Pictures. Jamie Hilton is now one of Australia.s most prominent producers with an impressive slate including Breath, Flammable Children and OtherLife.

His recent Australian release, Backtrack, directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, is also set for a limited theatrical run at Palace Cinemas after playing internationally at festivals including Tribeca Film Festival.

Hilton tells If distributor, Madman, had decided it was the best path to commercialise the film in Australia.

.I believe that means we have shorter windows to go to premium VOD and cable television and free to air faster than the normal 120 days required than if you do a full scale release,. he said.

.We are really looking forward to it coming to Palace Cinemas and to a wider variety of platforms as shortly after as we can manage. That strategy is to get it to a wide as possible audience. We think the film will have a strong and long life on lots of platforms and it.s great that Palace has partnered with us for a bit of an exclusive theatrical run before we get the movie out there to a wider audience on visual platforms..

Backtrack has been sold in more than 60 countries. Hilton also is now nearing the end of the Breath shoot (with two weeks to go),.Flammable Children (Guy Pearce, Radha Mitchell)..is in pre-production and OtherLife is in post.

Despite Hilton.s seemingly swift rise to the top of the Australian film producer pile, it was music which kickstarted his career.

Simon Baker as Sando with Samsom Coulter (Pikelet) and Ben Spence (Loonie) in Breath.

.I went to university, to Uts,. he said. .There was a lot of people who wanted to be directors and there was a lot of people who wanted to be cinematographers and I guess I was lucky enough to be able to pick the directors that I thought were the most talented and I got quite a lot made when I was at university outside of the university slate.

.I never really wanted to get into advertising, but I loved music so I got into music videos and made about 120 music clips for some of the biggest bands in Australia and a couple of international ones.

Hilton said his company was one of the biggest music video companies in Australia between 2002 and 2006.

.I was chasing my tail doing music clips,. he said. .I felt like I was going to work in the morning, I was doing two music clips a week. I thought it.s time to move on and make a film..

In 2007, Hilton took a chance and threw himself into producing his first film, Waiting City, starring Joel Edgerton, Radha Mitchell and directed by Claire McCarthy with an estimated budget of $3 million.

.Waiting City was the jump to film. We got it up and shot it. I had been working towards it for a long time. Same as it is now, you try and find the most talented people that you know and support them to tell their stories and tell stories with them. In this case Claire McCarthy was a good friend of mine.

.I just thought: .who is the most talented person I know that is likely to get a movie up?. and Claire was the first phone call.

.I think a lot of emerging producers try to think of it like a business and it is but when you.re doing your first movie you really have to focus, you really have to pick a horse that you believe is going to run and just focus on it.

.Just get one made. Because once you get once made, you know how to do it and then you can start thinking about it like a business. Claire and I teamed up and we worked pretty tirelessly on that project for a couple of years and it.s hard to make a living but we managed to both focus exclusively on that project for a couple of years and we got it up and both of us are doing fairly well now..

McCarthy has just signed on to direct Ophelia, starring Daisy Ridley(Star Wars: The Force Awakens), while Hilton has executive producer credits on.Wyrmwood and Sleeping Beauty.

Jamie Hilton.

He also produced The Little Death and is in development on Sierra — the story of Greenpeace co-founder, Paul Watson, who breaks from the organization and takes to the high seas in an attempt to sink the notorious whaling ship, the Sierra, by any means necessary.

.Linking up with Petroni for Backtrack was another step forward for Hilton.s production ambitions.

.I started working with Michael in 2009,. he said. .I actually made a short film with Michael in 2002 and had been hassling Michael for a long time. I had to make my first feature Waiting City before he actually thought it was a good idea to team up and he had Backtrack in his top drawer.

.I read the script in 2009 when I started working with Michael. We were going to set it up back then and we got busy with Narnia and his other movie the Book Thief and we had to wait until he finished both of those films before we could set it up here. It was pretty easy to put together because his reputation precedes him and the script was very strong.

.It was taut and intense and intelligent. It was just a really new twist on a genre I hadn.t seen before and I thought it was a very intelligent screenplay..

The development phase was also relatively painless on Backtrack, according to Hilton.

.When you have a really talented director like Michael involved it.s certainly less hands on for a producer,. he said.

.We did a little bit of development as far as setting the movie here in Australia, but nothing substantial, the bones of the screenplay were already there.

.His first movie was about the ghosts from the past that haunt us and I guess Backtrack was almost a scary version of similar material about the past coming back to haunt us. It.s seemed to be a different take or lens for similar material that he explored in his first movie.

The film was originally set in North America but was reset to Melbourne and shot in Sydney and regional Nsw.

It was funded by Screen Australia, Headgear Films (UK), Bankside, Deluxe and Screen Nsw.

.Backtrack came together relatively quickly once we had a window where Michael was available to do it,. Hilton said.

.We were already financed before we had Adrien so securing him was a real boon. It all came together relatively smoothly. Everybody responded really positively to the script. People often talk about how difficult the filmmaking process can be. It was a real pleasure to work on Backtrack. Michael has very clear of vision. He knew what he wanted, he.s a great communicator and we assembled a great team of crew and cast and I think it went very well..

He said Oscar winner, Brody, was a true artist.

.He is very nuanced, he.s a lovely guy as well. For him he takes his work very seriously. I think he did a really wonderful Australian accent and I think he played the subtleties.. he is just so easy to watch.

.The premise of the movie is about a guy trying to remember what happened and you need a face that you can really hold on to and obviously he has got a lot going on behind his eyes. I think he.s immensely watchable and it was a real pleasure to watch him work..

The shoot was six weeks, three days and a lot of nights.

.There.s always major challenges if you are always trying to get it done in the time that you have in the budget that you have. We were able to deliver it on time and on budget..

Producer Mark Johnson.

When selecting a project, Hilton said there were a few things he looks for.

.In the first instance it.s qualitative. Is this material of a high quality and are the people involved, are they either the right emerging talent to support or are they experienced and would I like to work with them? The second is can I get this made?

.You spend a long time developing something and you certainly don.t want to put too much time into developing things that you don.t feel like you can get financed in the marketplace, so it.s a combination of those two things.

.Story is also very important, as producers and anyone involved in film really, we are storytellers and we.re trying to get a sense of both qualitative and what the substance or the essence of the story is. Those are the three things that are important for me..

With Breath in mid-flight and OtherLife set for release later this year, Hilton is excited about the future.

.eOne will release OtherLife in Australia and we are just in the final stages of post-production and I.m a huge Ben Lucas fan and looking forward to bringing that out.

.Flammable Children - obviously Stephan Elliott and Al Clarke, Colin Gibson, who is the recent production designer on Mad Max just and won the Oscar; Lizzie Gardner who won her Academy Award for Priscilla. It.s a pretty experienced team and we.re the new kids on the block so it.s great to be working with those people..

Hilton is producing the adaptation of Tim Winton.s novel Breath, shot in Denmark, Western Australia, with Oscar winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook, Rain Man).

.That.s one of the most exciting parts, working with Mark and his development team,. he said. .It.s been a real privilege and something I would like to repeat..

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Nominees unveiled for the 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship

11 May 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Meyne Wyatt, Sean Keenan, Chloe Bayliss, Sara West, Shareena Clanton, Georgia Flood, Harley Bonner.

The 2016 nominees for the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship were unveiled last night in Sydney.

The finalists include Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Harley Bonner (Neighbours), Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Home and Away), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires)..

Heath.s father, Kim Ledger said, "Australian's in Film have encouraged another wonderful group of applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2016. I would like to thank all of them, including Matilda and the team at AiF, and further congratulate those excellent aspirants who have managed to »

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Michael Petroni's Backtrack scores limited Australian theatrical release

27 April 2016 11:29 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sam Neill and Adrien Brody in Backtrack.

Australian psychological thriller.Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Niell, will screen exclusively for one-week at Palace Cinemas from June 16-22.

The limited cinema release will be followed by digital and disc releases on August 3, a non-traditional pattern designed to make the film available to a broader audience across all channels without delay..

Producer Jamie Hilton said he was excited to bring Backtrack to Australian audiences, after selling the film in more than 60 countries..

"Adrien Brody gives a nuanced performance as an Australian psychiatrist, a fresh spin after so many of our stars playing Americans," he said..

"Michael Petroni and his all Australian team have crafted a world class film that is both intelligent and thrilling..

"We hope audiences will enjoy it across all release platforms and are delighted to partner with Palace Cinemas on the theatrical release...

Written and directed by Michael Petroni »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce reunite in Stephan Elliott's Flammable Children

11 April 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and.Neighbours co-star.Craig McLachlan.

Kylie Minogue will join Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell in Stephan Elliott's Flammable Children, produced by Al Clark (Priscilla, Chopper, Red Hill) and Jamie Hilton (Breath, The Waiting City, Backtrack).

The 1975-set comedy-drama marks the first time Pearce and Minogue have worked together since Neighbours.

Since leaving that show and becoming a pop star, Minogue has appeared onscreen only intermittently, though she seems to be ramping up her acting slate, with recent roles in Cannes-darling Holy Motors, the Dwayne Johnson action film San Andreas and upcoming series Galavant, created by Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Crazy, Stupid, Love).

.We are so excited to be able to support Flammable Children", Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said..

"In Kylie, Guy and Radha, the team has been able to secure some of Australia.s most established and iconic talents. The powerhouses in front of the »

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Filming starts on Simon Baker's Breath, cast announced

11 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Simon Baker as Sando with Samsom Coulter (Pikelet) and Ben Spence (Loonie) in Breath.

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Filming has started in Denmark, Western Australia, on Simon Baker.s feature film directorial debut, Breath..

The film is based on Tim Winton.s award winning and international best-selling novel and stars Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, The Turning, Mission: Impossible II) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Rake, Truth) and Baker (The Mentalist, Devil Wears Prada, Margin Call) as cast.

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play Pikelet and Loonie respectively, while Roxburgh and Blake are Mr and Mrs Pike..

Debicki is Eva and as previously announced, Baker will play Sando.

Set in mid-70s coastal Australia, Breath follows two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, that form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer.

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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue to reunite on 'Flammable Children'

7 April 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Australian actors last appeared on screen together nearly 30 years ago in TV soap Neighbours.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue have signed on to join Radha Mitchell in Flammable Children, the new comedy feature written and directed Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

It marks the first time the two have appeared on screen together in nearly 30 years, having starred as Mike and Charlene in TV soap Neighbours in the 1980s.

As well as a successful pop career, Minogue has appeared in films including Moulin Rouge! and Holy Motors while Pearce is perhaps best known for roles in Memento, La Confidential and Iron Man 3.

Flammable Children will shoot in Australia this autumn. Three other leading roles are yet to be cast.

Taking place in 1975, the film is set in a sleepy beachside suburb where “an extraordinary event” sets in motion a revelatory week for a teenage boy and girl.

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Backtrack – The Review

3 March 2016 9:03 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Nothing haunts like the past.” It’s a catchy tag line that attempts to sum up writer and director Michael Petroni’s new film Backtrack, but there more to this mystery/thriller than can be summed up in a single breath. What begins as a moody drama about a troubled psychotherapist quickly reveals itself as a deeper tale of supernatural intervention into the darker underbelly of human nature.

Peter Bower, played with wrenching emotional finesse by Adrien Brody, is struggling with the loss of his daughter while barely holding together his practice and his marriage. Bower blames himself for his daughter’s death, while not entirely clear on what happened exactly. When not in sessions with his own patients, Bower seeks counsel from fellow psychotherapist Duncan Stewart, played by Sam Neill, which only leads Bower further down the twisted rabbit hole that will be come a truly unnerving revelation.

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Backtrack Review

26 February 2016 4:59 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Besides turning up in a Wes Anderson production every now and then, Adrien Brody has been something of a ghost to mainstream moviegoers. I promise he’s still acting, just in movies that have struggled to find wider audiences. You know, like Dragon Blade or American Heist? *crickets* The quasi blockbuster hunk of yesteryear seems to be toying with indie experimentation as of late, picking Michael Petroni’s Backtrack as his latest attempt at underground success. Will this be the Adrien Brody vessel that floats to the top instead of sinking to a dark, watery grave? No, it won’t – but that’s not necessarily the actor’s fault.

The once Predator huntin’ Brody stars as Peter Bower, a psychiatrist who’s struggling to cope with his daughter Evie’s (Emma O’Farrell) unexpected death. Clientele come and go, but all Bower can do is replay the same gruesome scene on repeat, »

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Saban Films Acquires Domestic Rights To Action Comedy Skiptrace Starring Jackie Chan & Johnny Knoxville

11 February 2016 2:24 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to action comedy Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) and written by Jay Longino and Ben David Grabinski. The film stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise, The Karate Kid), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass series), and Bingbing Fan (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3) and will open theatrically later this year.

Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young goddaughter Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Knoxville) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind-swept dunes »

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Film Review: Backtrack

31 January 2016 12:52 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Adrien Brody has never been one to take the predictable route when it comes to his choice of roles. His body of work encompasses an array of unusual characters found in projects ranging from independent to high-profile outings. He consistently surprises, maintaining a quality output with every new venture. Such is the case with Backtrack, where he receives top billing as tortured psychotherapist Peter Bower. Perhaps the singular instance where phoning in a performance may work to ones advantage, Brody puts on his best furrowed brow as he goes through writer/director Michael Petroni's somewhat familiar narrative of a man looking for answers to the supernatural events occurring around him.

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Adrien Brody: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

29 January 2016 4:32 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Adrien Brody seems to show up wherever and whenever he pleases, sometimes in supporting roles and others that are meatier. Meaty enough to blag him an Oscar. Although he’s never since reached those dizzying heights of 2002, he is more often than not a continuously-satisfying screen presence.

Considering his caliber as a character actor, there’s not much to suggest why he’s been mostly slumming it the past few years; embracing everything from swing-and-a-miss foreign films, to middle-of-the-road indie horrors, to ‘meh’ television adaptations (that’s you, Houdini).

That said, he has a fairly consistent batting average, wherein for every one of those unwise straight-to-dvd choice he makes, an old director friend will throw him a small supporting role where he clearly just gets to show up and have fun. It’s a given at this point that Wes Anderson will drop him a text every time he »

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‘Backtrack’ Review

28 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni

Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.

Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »

- Joel Harley

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Backtrack Review

28 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The last time an Australian horror movie used the protagonist’s fragile psychological condition, and volatile state of mind to evoke fear in the viewer, we were treated to the remarkable production The Babadook. Though Michael Petroni’s Backtrack takes a similar approach, displaying grief in such a way that the sense of disorientation and mistrust is

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Jesse Stern to speak at National Screenwriters Conference

26 January 2016 4:15 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us writer and producer, Jesse Stern.

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NCIS co-executive producer and writer Jesse Stern has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference.

Stern's credits include five seasons as a co-executive producer and writer of NCIS, writer of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

Stern works across independent features, network television and video games and is currently the lead writer for studio Respawn Entertainment on their hit game Titanfall and its forthcoming sequel Titanfall 2..

Over the course of his career Jesse has sold comedy and drama television pilots to CBS, NBC and Fox..

Stern joins international guests including Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael Petroni (Backtrack, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Till Human Voices Wake Us), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine) as the industry discusses creating »

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